The Magpies U10 boys team avoided the worst of Sunday’s weather, heading to Kings Lynn in the afternoon with hopes of qualifying for the East finals. A full squad was available and, after some good training sessions and a positive warm up tournament, a top 2 finish was a real possibility.
In the first match, Magpies faced red hot favourites Norwich Dragons. Magpies marked well, not getting drawn just towards the ball. However Dragons overwhelmed the defence on a couple of occasions, with Finlay Clarke doing well in goal to limit the usually free scoring Dragons to only 2 goals.
Up next were North Norfolk. Magpies showed their superior experience, with Will Menzies intercepting numerous 16s and Ben Currie and Henry Brice creating good opportunities to help make the final score 4-0 to Magpies. This gave the Harleston boys a good foothold in the tournament and a big confidence boost going into the next vital match against Norwich City.
Magpies started as the dominant team, creating good early pressure. A powerful cross from Henry Brice led to a short corner, which Magpies were very unfortunate not to convert when Will Menzies’ blast struck the inside of the post before agonisingly rebounding to safety. Norwich then seized the moment and, despite strong tackling from Ben Brand and Finn Hudson, managed to score a scrappy goal. This momentum shift changed the match. With Magpies chasing the game, they left themselves open to the counter attack- Norwich scoring to make the final score 2-0, the scoreline flattering them slightly in a very even game.
With qualification now unlikely, the young Magpies team relaxed against Dereham with Harry Spouncer turning defence into attack well. Magpies scored midway through the game and had to settle for a 1-0 win against a dangerous side.
The final match against Pelicans was delayed and restarted after a Pelicans player received a nasty injury the first time round. Magpies were completely dominant, but despite the best efforts of Connor Hudson, Henry Brice and Will Menzies, the Pelicans goalkeeper was found to be on top form to resist all efforts, making the final score 0-0.
Magpies played with a great spirit all day, with all 9 members contributing strongly to the squad and everybody supporting each other throughout the day. Despite not qualifying for the East Finals, this squad is as good as any Magpies team of recent years and are very likely to achieve highly in the future. The standard this year in Norfolk is very high and Norwich Dragons, especially, will be very successful at the East finals. A massive thank you to all of the boys and their parents for their effort this season so far- You are a pleasure to coach!